Saturday, October 27, 2018

A TRIP TO LOS ANGELES, LACMA

Sweet William by John Chamberlain and Elegy to the Spanish Republic 100 by Robert Motherwell

A trip to Los Angeles led to a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). A full day of viewing only allowed us to see half of what the museum offers. My must see was the modern collections. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

My takeaways were to study more Russian artists and to learn to loosen up with my own art. Taking close looks at works allows one to see brushstrokes and techniques. From a distance some works looked perfect, but when viewed up close you could see the use of the hand in circles that were not perfectly round and paint moving from one color into another. Pencil marks of sketches underneath paintings could be seen. It was a wonderful experience.

 Architectonic Painting by Lyubov Popova

Proun 3 by El Lissitzky and Untitled by Alexander Rodchenko

Desert Moon by Lee Krasner

In the Kairouan Style, Transposed in a Moderate Way by Paul Klee and Motion of a Landscape by Paul Klee

Yellow Border by Wassily Kandinsky

Around a round by Frederick Hammersley

The Ballantine by Franz Kline

Urban Light by Chris Burden. A grouping of street lights from the 20's and 30's formed a sculpture lining the front of the museum. A beautiful entry!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

BLUEPRINT TEXTILE TRIPTYCH

"Blueprint Aqua, Blueprint Gold, Blueprint Red Triptych"  6" X 12" each (12" x 18" matted and framed)  Lori LaBerge  2018

What is it that attracts me to floor plans? I love the lines, the directions they take us in and the idea of exploring new spaces. Always one for what is hidden or around the corner, I find the variety of floor plans exciting. I look at the miniature plans I sketch and imagine what rooms would go where. Is it an open floor plan or one that allows for hiding out in small spaces such as libraries or dens?

It is not only the variation of layout in the works above but how color affects the works. The background of each piece is exactly the same, yet differing colors and values create a change in appearance from one to the other.

My favorite part of these types of works is that no matter how much planning goes into the design, the outcome is always a surprise.

A few other things happening in the studio:

Scrap wood in the workshop being used to create a sculptural architectural work. Decisions are being made as to paint choices. Lots of color!

Mock-up on studio table for 14" X 11" painted textile work.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

TEMPORARY ART WORK: CREATE AND LET GO

"Aerial Pool 1"  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018, digital photograph

Two things came together this week. The first is the idea of ephemeral art. This type of art is temporary and not meant to last. It is created knowing it will end (as in performance art) or be destroyed. A good example of this was a work I saw in Burlington, Vt. shown below:

Flour poured through metal carving to create oriental rug effect by Cal Lane

The second idea was creating work from local sites. An abandoned pool has been an obsession with me for years as it is filled with cement blocks and other debris. A community college recently purchased the building and is just beginning construction starting with structural details.

Pool at Pinebridge in Spruce Pine NC

From these two thoughts I began painting on an old polyethylene tarp used as a drop cloth. I knew the tarp would again collect drops of paint and stain in its next use, destroying the work created.

The first artwork at the top of the post used the two blues from the above photo. The silver is the color of the cement blocks. The crinkled appearance is reminiscent of water movement.

Another view of abandoned pool

The work below was based on the spray paint surrounding the future construction area around the pool. The paint can just be seen on the upper right hand side of the photo above. There were also posts placed around the pool to keep people out. 

"Aerial Pool 2"  14" X 11"  Lori LaBerge  2018, digital photograph

The actual works do not exist anymore. One could think of the photographs as new works, but they are not the same as the originals.